Jörg Mainka was born in 1962 in Salzgitter-Bad and studied from 1982–1989 at the University of Music (Musikhochschule) Karlsruhe with H.-J. Haarbeck (Organ), Eugen-Werner Velte and Mathias Spahlinger (Composition and Theoretical Studies). In the 90th he worked at the ZKM Karlsruhe in live-electronic Projects. Mainka has received several awards for his music. In 1995 he was made a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart and in 2004 he was awarded the composer’s grant from the State of Berlin’s Art Prize. His work has been performed at major festivals such as Donaueschingen, Eclat (Stuttgart) and Présence (Paris), his music theater works at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and the Staatsoper Berlin. Since 1989 Mainka was teaching at the University of Music (Musikhochschule) Karlsruhe. In 1999 he became Professor of New Music Analysis and Theoretical Studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.
As of January 2017